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    February 7, 2013
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or an analyst identify those incidents on a daily basis, there is an analysis that is done, and there is a lieutenant who is now assigned to the muni unit that then analyzes and deceminates that information, to the captains. and those captains in turn take that information based upon the type of incidents, the date and time and obviously they assign their resources accordingly. >> this next slide i am just giving you an example of one of the districts. this is mission district in terms of the data that we were able to compile from the analysis of the daily activities that take place. and clearly, they speak to trends, relative to date and time and that allows us to assign our resources to
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correspond with those levels of activities. do you have any questions, please, feel free. and i am just going to proceed. i will just refer to the resource ss not funded... could you describe what that means? >> what that means is that the officers who work full time on muni issues, that is funded by nta. every district station utilizes their own personnel to address issues relative to muni and their districts. and that is not something that is funded by mta >> and it is my understanding that officers are supposed to be riding muni a couple of times per shift; is that correct?? >> as specific things that occur in the analysis of the data.
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when we see in the later afternoons, 3:00 and on, we have more activities particularly in this instance you have mission station and it is not on the board. for instance, if we are seeing an increase of activity at 3 p.m. in the mission district and then obviously the captain is going to in those and the management of that station are going to assign officers to specifically target muni transit lines at those times. on the daily basis they are directed to ride muni but directed and targeted specific. >> do you find that that is happening? >> yes. it is happening. >> part of the analysis is actually doing mapping of our robberies with the particular
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interest for our officers assigned to muni to identify the locations that are most impacting muni transit lines and so forth. >> this is just another example of the engleside district and as you can see there seems to be a clear indicator both in the mission and in the angelside in particularly throughout the city and you will see more increase of the activity from about 2 p.m. on. and so, accordingly, we assign our officers to pay greater attention to muni transit lines and during those times. excuse me. >> yes. >> just going back to officers that are riding on muni. that has been happening for how long now? >> for many years.
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we are looking for it related to the rider ship, it is minimum. for instance, throughout 2012, we had i think, just under 400 cell phones thefts associated with muni rider ship and so by comparison of the number of daily riders, we are looking at 700,000 riders a day who ride muni with some 800 rolling stock that that total aggregate number is relatively low. i mean that although it is something that we continue to pay attention to, relative to the total number of rider ship and the activity throughout the city, it is relatively a low number. so i think that is influenced
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by the presence of the officers, the various operations that not only the district stations but those officers who are assigned to muni and engaged in on a regular basis and other educational efforts campaign efforts to alert our public to the issues that are or that occur in those lines. >> thank you. >> supervisor mar? >> yeah, i just wanted to say that given the time data on the robberies, it seems that it is right after school gets out, and i am just wondering if there is any age data on the victims? are they students that are just getting off of school? or and also the perpetrators any age data? >> i do not have any age data here, our crime analyst unit i suspect will be able to draw that data based upon what is entered into or systems from the incident reports written. the age, the demographics of
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the victims as well as the suspects but it is not something that i prepared for today. >> just to give you aggregate numbers, covering october, november, december. this is just the three-month combined summary. these numbers are what the crime analysts are assigned to the muni detail gather through actually pulling every single report on a daily basis and anything on the line or nearby this is a result of that analysis. and so you can see the aggregate numbers are relatively low, like i said based upon the total ridership, the total number of rolling stock, throughout our city. so, commander, so, i mean, in
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the last quarter, october to december, of last year comparative of the same time period in 2011, there was a 70 percent increase in personal crimes, theft, assaults, robberies on muni? >> are you talking of the aggravated assaults there from 11 to 18? >> yeah. well it looks like these part one crimes, aggravated assault and burglary and larsonny and robbery went from 163 to 276 and so a 70 percent increase? sure, as you look at the property crimes, those are the driving issues there. i mean we look at larsonny and we went from 88 to 181. that is perhaps a passenger on
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a muni line, seated with some item seated next to them and that item being stolen. you have an increase to the pick pocketing and that went from the three incidents to 13. and that is system-wide, and some of the things that we are doing the combat things like the thefts and the pick pocketing in many instances there are professional pick pocketers out there and we have through been able to identify, we share that with the muni drivers and the officers in the field and many instances, the muni drivers are actually playing a huge role in preventing some of those thefts by the identification of the
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person as they are getting on the vehicle itself. we have had drivers actually making an announcement, notifying the person, because, you know, it would be an inappropriate but to remind people to pay attention to the belongings, as those individuals are getting on to those buses. for instance, during the america's cup, we had great emphasis on individuals we had identified as being very repeat offenders. and the area of pick pocketing and other threats and i think that kind of delivery of information, both to the officers in the field and actually the operators of the muni vehicles has or is helping bring those trains down. push >> this is just a technical question, commander, could you explain the difference between robbery and larsenny?
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>> sure. >> larseny is a theft and you leave your phone and i take it without your knowledge it becomes a theft. and if you have your phone in your possession and i person comes to you with some level of force takes that item from you or by means of creating a sense of fear in you come and possession of that item then it becomes a robbery, a robbery is taking of any property by force or a means of fear. moving forward. we have been tracking cell phone crimes particularly on muni. as you pointed out supervisor weiner, the typical scenario is the individual who is in close proximity to the doors is not paying attention. the person grabs the phone, and
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immediately runs off the vehicle once it has come to a stop. and what we are seeing is that a total number of last year was 399, and i think that the director will speak to the educational campaigns that we have in place to really keep people aware. and not lend themself to having their phones taken, these are thefts in many instances. director will you take it over from here? >> okay. good morning, i'm lee melotoa with the sfmta. if we could go back to that slide. in partnership with the police department, one of the things that we noticed as an up-tick in cell phone and electronic
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device theft. and so, what becomes important as all of you have mentioned in your opening remarks, is our ability to educate the public in terms of being aware of their surroundings. so a few months ago, the director of transportation, ed and the police chief greg sir held a press conference in our communication team at the sfmta to develop to this campaign which this is one element of it and this would be the other one, basically they put them in all of the kiosks on all of our buses. and our rolling stock and began the process of attempting to educate the public. as you know, these campaigns are only as good if our passengers look at them and are aware. the other thing that we have initiated is as you all know is that i have a number of fare
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inspectors that enforce fare compliance on our transportation vehicles. and one of the things that i required of my fare inspectors is that when they board one of our vehicles, they should you know, take, besides checking for proof of payment, i want them to have more of a customer service role. because they crimes that have occurred on our transit system are really crimes of opportunity. and our public needs to be educated on if you are sitting near a door and you have your ipad and you are holding it out like this, it becomes an even greater opportunity for somebody to take a look at when the doors open it is a snatch and grab and off we go. we found that that has been really successful over the last month or so. just having this one on one contact with our passenger and making them aware of being aware of the surroundings and this campaign was successful, and we are going to be rolling
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it out again and additionally our communication team at the moment is working very hard to develop a more one on one interaction with the passengers because they have to look at these to see the campaign and we want to put it directly into their hands >> i have a question, obviously the goal is to prevent anything from happening by not making these smart phones or ipad vicible. >> what happens if you are the victim on the bus and what are you supposed to do if you are a member of the public if that happens of the >> when you lose the smart phone there goes your ability to call 911 from the bus, right? what we advise the passengers is to notify the operator that this has occurred and it goes into the central control system and the police are dispatched
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to that location to make a report we clearly want the public to report all incidents like this so we are aware of what is happening in the system. >> thank you. >> so when you talking about face-to-face contact and so forth. but have you thought about how the fufrptioning and they make announcements? and so is it possible to add this one liner in there, of beware of your electronic equipment when you are on the bus. >> thank you for that question, supervisor. when we rolled out this campaign, the on-air, and the over-the-air bus announcements included this in that. and we are reinstituting those really kind of as we speak here. one other point that i
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neglected to mention was our mcap division which was headed by sulu polega who does a lot of out reach in the schools has done a similar campaign working with the school district to make kids aware of utilizing the devices and also any individual that may be tempted to see a crime of opportunity to really tell them that it is not a good idea. so, i'm excited about that. and that avenue that we are taking as well. >> i will follow up here. these are the resources that the police department has assigned by way of mlu, with the nta, to have direct responsibilities. you have a team of uni formed
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officers that we call the response team. the primary responsibility is the muni rail lines and they do trespassing and tunnels where we have had tragic incidents of individuals who have been traveling through the tunnels are residing in a form or fashion and so they are tasked with abating that problem along with the other muni personnel. and we have teams of officers, with canines, their primary responsibility is the inspection of the muni lines relative to the suspicious devices and packages, secondarily they assist the officers as well as the fare inspection personnel for mta. >> lastly we have a team of plain cloths officers. we try to use them in the most
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clandestined effort to deal with the individuals engaged in the crimes. they have been an incredible resource, not only for addressing issues of crime upon muni, but the crime throughout the city, and that they have such a level of engagement with the repeat offenders. they are often able times to identify a suspect based upon a video footage and otherwise very quickly. and that is also a team that is funded by fema and a tsa grant and going back, the dog units are also funded through tsa as well. >> specifically, some of the target enforcement operations that we do, obviously with the issue of robberies, and the team of officers assigned to muni. regularly, interact with the diblgt station personnel. and in response to either areas
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that have had historically plagued by robberies or that we see changes or in creases in the robberies indicating that you may have a series or anything of that nature. and those officers are engaged in that. one of the things that we really want to do is in order to abait the crimes in and around muni is actually effect the environment and if we can effect the environment by making certain that it is clean and that it is not, it does not become a haven for the criminal activity and i think that we will significant have changes in that accordingly. some of the new operations and efforts that we put in place in the last number of months. we are hoping to see some returns on that investment. one of the operations is sober muni shelter, that operation is conducted with officers who are experts in the field of drug recognition. we also run that operation with
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the support of sf hot teams and essentially individuals who are under the influence or inebriated on the lines or the buses and those individuals are looked at by way of means to getting them into intervention programs and or in many instances there is a need to deal with the criminal aspect in order to get them into those intervention programs. operation safe lines is an effort to identify muni lines where we see hot spots, if you will, of individuals who are fugitives from justice whether they be minor violations or more serious ones. we basically believe that if we identify those persons and get them off the streets, and perhaps, get them into some level of rehabilitation that they will be less problematic to muni and to the city over
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all. that is done on the bi weekly basis as well as done through a multitude of agencies just as the sober muni shelter is. more recently, and i suspect that you saw the piece that heather holmes did relative to the effort to deal with illegal taxiand limo service, there are aside from the efforts of individuals who engage in entrepreneurial activities there are crimes associated with the unregulated, illegal, taxi and limos and those are the issues that we are concerned about, so as a result, we run these operations on the monthly basis, with personnel from mta as well. so this just to provide you with a snapshot of some of the things that we are going to keep muni safe and to make our city safer. >> thank you very much commander. >> if there are know questions we will move on to the district
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attorney office. so thank you. >> thank you very much to the presentation. >> we are joined bashar on wu from the da's office and welcome. and you can stand at the lectern. thank you very much. >> we are sort of an end user of the criminal justice system and so i am here to give you some information about the current state of these cases in the criminal justice system. our numbers but we are doing pro-active work and i think that supervisor weiner you mentioned that and describe briefly what the efforts are. currently in the adult system and the criminal justice system we have 220 open robbery cases which involve thefts of cell phones. and those are a combination of robberies, where property is taken and among the property are cell phones and also include what we have typically
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been calling here today, the grabbing of the cell phone, out of someone's hand while they are using it or texting on it. in juvenile we have seen a market increase of the filings of these types of offenses. we have 193 open juvenile cases that involve the theft of cell phones. i believe that supervisor mar you had a question earlier about the difference between larceny and robbery. there was a recent case about two years ago that talked about the necessary force to remove an item from a person. and the specific case described as basically a cell phone robbery, someone taking something from somebody's hand. and that case, indicated that the simple taking of an item from somebody's hand is not more force than is necessary to complete other types theft from the person. and therefore, this type of snatch and grab robbery is considered a grand theft from the person, not a robbery and
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so we have seen actually a market increase in grand theft from the persons that were currently charging. the difference is a robbery is a serious felony and a grand theft is 1170 h, a realignment eligible offense and so there is a market difference between the punishment for each one of those offense and what we look at when the sfpd brings us cases is the amount of force that is necessary to effect the taking of the property. and we looked at that very closely because we want to make sure that we are charging the right offenses. >> so in terms of that distinction that you just grew between a more violent forceful event which would be a robbery, and something where the person is still taking it from someone's person. but they are grabbing it from their hand. or whatever, and that is a grand theft and you said that
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it is realignment eligible. does that person how likely is that person to spend any time incarcerated for having done that? >> there is a great likelihood that they will spend time in custody, the difference would be in local jail or in state prison. they are not eligible any longer but therecy three-year top in local and often times they do spend a lot of time in local custody and find themselves on supervise to our local probation department. >> thank you. >> i will say that every case at the sfpd bring us we do charge a number of these. as the police department described to you the efforts
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thater exerting to be able to do these operations we work closely with them to make sure that we are involved and we know when the operations are happening and we know when the cases are going to be coming to the office but proactively we are doing is working with both our neighborhood prosecutors and community, liaison to reach out to the community because as all of the supervisors have noted the biggest fight and the biggest protection that we have is the education. my husband tells me don't talk on the phone as you are walking stop texting while you are walking because that makes you vulnerable especially in a robbery, especially in these snatch and grabs and we are involved in public announcements as well and we are currently working and you brought this up briefly and we are in the early stages of talking with the cell phone industry to work to discuss
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technology and ways that we can make this a much less attractive option in terms of theft. we have commitment from at&t in california, specifically but we are trying to gather the other cell phone operations companies to work with us to at least make these phones inoperatable and therefore not valuable on the street level. i would note that sfpd did the operation in terms of a defensing operation, supervisor campos you talked about the operation serng a large scale operation where much of the property seized was electronic including cell phones, pdas and tablets so that i think we are working very closely with them to make sure that the people that we catch who are responsible for these crimes are held accountable and take responsibility for it.
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>> thank you, miss wu. >> colleagues, are there any more? >> i was just going to ask a similar question with ethic and demographic data on victims and perpetrators that you have. is there any age or ethnicity that you see of perpetrators are victims? >> we have not looked closely at that. but i will in speaking with the head of our juvenile division that there is a larger percentage of robbery cases cell phone robbery cases where some juvenile are perpetrators i don't know if that has to do with the timing issue in terms of what commander ali was saying, the time that offenses are taking place in muni and in around and i don't know in that is correlation or not, but we will look into the dem graphics to see if we can come up with any friends at all. especially of course, of the people that we were prosecuting. and we will get back to you on
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that. >> thank you. >> so at this point, we are done with our presentation and we will open it up to public comment. >> mr. chairman, i don't have any public comment cards, but if anyone would like to make public command they can approach. >> is there any public? >> could we close seeing none. >> public comment is closed of >> so i want to thanks the departments for coming out today. i think that this was actually very helpful in terms of understanding the statistics and the strategies and i think that the goal, of course, is for the law enforcement but also for the public to understand the scope of the issue and how we can all, protect ourselves and it is something that we can work on together and to monitor closely and i want to thank everyone for participating. >> great. thank you. supervisor weiner and i don't know, if